Home of Wasabi Air Racing

Elliot Seguin's Formula One class air race team based out of Mojave, California. Pylon racing at the National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada. Eight airplanes racing head to head around telephone poles in the desert. Mojave is the best place on the planet to build and modify a race plane, and Wasabi is lucky to have the best support in the business.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Formation practice

We had a very successful weekend practicing formation for the trip and getting some photos while we are at it.

 Here are a few teasers.

 -Elliot and Jenn


Monday, July 14, 2014

Propeller Fence Questions

As soon as we posted the last post of our wicked new propeller for the upcoming non-stop flight attempt we started getting questions.  The questions revolve around the fence that Catto installed on the leading edge of the propeller.  It turns out it is so much cooler than just the fences.

Below are two pictures of the in flight propeller flow visualization system Catto has been using to test his fences.  It is a machined crank extension that holds a Go Pro camera which looks back at the blade face which is tufted, while in flight.

Yes that is the coolest thing you will see today.

http://www.cattoprops.com/

Go work on your airplane.

Elliot and Jenn



Catto Propeller is Here

We got our new high efficiency propeller from Catto.  This will help us on our nonstop trip to Oshkosh as part of Moventure.

So excited to get some data off this thing, stay tuned!!!

What are you working on tonight?

Elliot and Jenn
www.oshkoshnonstop.com


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wasabi goes to 17,000 feet!

Hey Guys

We installed the oxygen system in Wasabi and yesterday successfully flew to 17,000 to check fuel/oxygen flows at altitude for the upcoming non-stop flight to Oshkosh.

Matt Waddell shot the videos below.  Watch Justin get that cranky motor to light on the first hot throw!

http://oshkoshnonstop.blogspot.com/

Go work on your airplane!

Elliot and Jenn



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Firetruck Photo from Robert Shellabarger

That brings back some great memories!

Thank you Robert, Jet City Press.


Friday, July 4, 2014

New efficiency prop!


Hey Guys

Below is a picture of our new Catto propeller being CNC'd by Craig Catto himself!


This propeller will help us save some fuel during our attempt to fly nonstop to Oshkosh later this month.

Design Build Test

Elliot

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Non Stop to Oshkosh Sponsors

A big thank you to our non-stop to Oshkosh attempt sponsors.

Rick Poe and Susan Fine
Donald McMullin
Dave Ronneberg
Catto Propellers
Grove Aircraft
MGL Avionics
Pacific Continental Engines
Spot Tracker
Go Pro Cameras

Monday, June 30, 2014

A New Legacy


Hey Guys

Jenn, Justin, and I have been having a lot of fun helping out Andy Chiavetta and Jon Hadlich with the flight test work on this new Legacy.  The airplane was built by Austin Willis with a lot of the Aero Chia mods.  It is a total rocket ship!

Justin Gillen chased the first flight.  With ground support by Jenn Whaley, Andy Chaivetta, and Jon Hadlich.

What a great airplane!
Elliot
Jon Hadlich, Andy Chiavetta, Elliot Seguin, Justin Gillen

Monday, June 23, 2014

Relief tube in a pylon racer.


I am not sure having a relief tube in a pylon racer is something to be proud of, but we have one either way.

We spent the weekend on some of the million details that will determine whether or not our little racer makes the trip non-stop to the show.

  • Installed and tested our MGL Fuel Flow Meter
  • Installed the warning system for our alternator
  • Installed and tested our pilot relief system
  • Took the oxygen bottle to be hydro'd
Relief tube on the belly
Alternator panel
We also found a problem with the gasket sealant we used to seal our long range tanks which required removing and re-installing the entire system.  Luckily Jennifer doesn't mind getting her tiny hands (the only hands that fit down in the tank) covered in gasket sealant.


More to come!

Team Mo'Venture

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gross Weight Expansion

Hey Guys

Had a fun weekend testing the Siren.  We expanded the gross weight of the airplane by 20% and successfully transferred and dumped fuel in flight.

This is all part of the buildup to the MoVenture non-stop group flight from Mojave to Oshkosh for the flyin.

The photo's below were taken from Justin Gillen's Tango II.

Elliot



Dumping fuel in flight

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Aero Chia Mission Patches

Hey Guys,

A month or so ago Jenn and I had the opportunity to help out on an Aero Chia race prepped Lancair Legacy. The airplane had some modification work done by Andy Chiavetta. It's owner Mac Hammond clearly has great taste as he gathered a great team for the project. The panel was done by Jon Hadlich owner of AI systems. The paint was laid out by Mirco Pecorari . The engine was done by Chris Padilla at Pacific Continental.

The test program happened this last winter, testing was done by Matt Jackson and Len Fox with a little help from Wasabi Air Racing (Elliot Seguin, Jenn Whaley and Justin Gillen).  I was flattered to get some test guidance from Darryl Greenamyer and Mojave legends Dick Rutan, and Peter Siebold

What a pleasure to work with such talented and professional people!

There was a minimum order on the mission patches for this project and we have a few extra. We will be giving 5-10 away. If more envelopes come in than we have patches we promise we will send you something equally awesome.


Send a self addressed stamped envelope to:


Wasabi Air Racing
PO Box 131
Mojave CA
93502


What are you working on tonight?


Thank you,
Elliot and Jenn





 






Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Photos from the Mojave Flyin

Photo: Curtis Noble
Photo: Bob Morgan
Photo: Kevin Joyce

Monday, March 31, 2014

Len Fox's Kneeboard

I got the chance to do some work with Len Fox over the weekend, who is awesome.  He had the most bitchin tiny homemade kneeboard.  The board is built out of a piece of aluminum sheet slighty undersized with a potato chip bag style jumbo paper riveted to it.  The piece that is missing from the pictures below is the very simple elastic he uses to hold it to his leg in flight.  The result is effective, compact and even looks good.  Very cool!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Arnold Ebneter Visit

Hey Guys,

Jenn and I were really fortunate in early February to finally meet Arnold Ebneter, who among other things holds the absolute distance and closed course distance records for C1-a in the airplane he designed and built for that task.  Below are some pictures of the airplane we took while we were there.  What a cool airplane!!

-Race 68